Steph Curry hopeful Golden State Warriors can be future NBA London participants

Stephen Curry (Photo: Keith Allison)

Steph Curry is hopeful that the Golden State Warriors will one day be selected to feature in the yearly NBA London festivities.

The Warriors have only played in Europe once in their NBA history, beating the Charlotte Hornets 132-116 in Paris in 1994.

But during the latest stop in his global tour, Curry says he’d be excited to front the franchise should they be selected to feature in London in the near future.

“I hope the Warriors can come,” he said.

“A lot of my team-mates have been over here on their own.

“As a team playing a game; I know they rotate the teams that come and play the global game in the regular season so I am sure that will happen at some point.

“London is amazing, I came last summer, my wife was out here filming a show, so I came out for about a week and a half, we were staying in Chelsea, I got to see the city.

“It was my first time staying here so that was pretty special. It is nice to be back, I went to the football at Wembley which was fun, the people is amazing, the reception is always amazing and the culture here is phenomenal so I appreciate the opportunity to be here.”

NBA London 2019 will feature two Eastern conference sides in the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards, continuing the trend of sides on the East coast making the trip.

There has yet to be a Western conference franchise travel for a regular season game in the UK, with the LA Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder the only sides to do so for pre-season contests – the latter featuring in Manchester.

The move to bring the Warriors, given their recent success, to the UK would go down well with a European crowd. Although the logistics of such a move could prove hard for the NBA to justify.

Curry admitted that whilst the NBA isn’t one of the leading sports on British shores, that he felt it will continue to grow, with players like himself helping fans relate to the sport on a physical level.

“Basketball is kind of low on the radar here, but we want to try and continue to raise the patter game and the next generation of kids that are getting into the game earlier,” he said.

“What they see in the NBA and with myself and maybe being able to carve a story out for themselves in the game of basketball – that is why I am here.

“I was meeting the club from London that was here and there was talent, it’s about continuing to try and reach that as much as we can.

“Basketball and NBA is growing crazy worldwide, so to be able to share the stories and interest is great.

“The talent around the league is crazy all the way through, obviously I want to be the best in the league at what I do and be a trailblazer in effort and let the kids know that the game of basketball has a lot of offer.

“Most won’t make it to the NBA and that is fine, you can find a journey through the game that can open up a lot of different doors, I think that is what we represent.”

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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